South Jersey teachers have been asked to make many adjustments and sacrifices during the pandemic, turning an already difficult job into a potentially dangerous one.

From having to transition to virtual classrooms, and then back into traditional classes under demanding conditions, they’ve always risen to the occasion.

While many restaurants offered some special deals and discounts in honor of the back-to-school season, most were not specifically geared toward honoring teachers and school staff.

These essential workers often go unrecognized — but this week that’s about to change. McDonald’s is offering school staff and teachers a free “thank you breakfast” between October 11 and 15.

All educators - such as teachers, administrators, and school staff - can simply head to their local participating McDonald’s during breakfast hours and show a valid work ID for a free breakfast.

The Thank You Meals will be served in a classic Happy Meal box filled with an entrée breakfast sandwich, Hash Browns and a beverage. Sandwich choices include an Egg McMuffin, a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit or a Sausage Biscuit. Beverage options include a medium hot or iced coffee or a medium soft drink.

This offer is good once per person per day, so a breakfast-loving teacher may want to pop in all week long, courtesy of McDonald's.

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“Together with our owner/operators, we're proud to serve the people who make our communities a better place, and this is an important time to say thank you to some of our everyday heroes,” said Joe Erlinger, President, McDonald’s USA, in a statement.

“We were honored to give away 12 million free Thank You Meals to first responders and healthcare workers last year and now, with educators going above and beyond, we're excited to recognize them in a way only McDonald's can.”

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